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2010-04-20 08:13:28
Andouille, I looked for the picture of the gin and tonic, but guess it has met its fate. But guess what ! My sister, who lives in Slidell, has asked me to come help her out with catering a baby shower on Saturday, May 1st. Her regular helper is stuck in France ( don't you just wish ! ) because of the situation with the volcanic ash, so that means if you happen to still be in New Orleans then I'll be just across the Pontchartrain Causeway. If you will still be in town and would still like to have that drink I could borrow my sister's car and meet you at the Carousel. How I wish I could give you a phone number or an e-mail address, but then I'd be hearing from every weirdo on earth. Let me just tell you a bit about myself. I'm a brunette, and I'm in my mid 40's. I'm not petite: I'm about 5'11' in my stocking feet and my figure is Junoesque. My friends say I'm pretty. I've been married once but that was a long story that ended long ago. I'm professionally employed and own a home ( paid for ! ) in a small town near Atlanta. So, if after all that you'd still like to share a gin and tonic, please let me know ! Your Friend, Marybeth
2010-04-18 09:45:22
Thank you ever so much for the lovely flowers, Andouille. Gardenias have always been among my very favorites. Mother had a large bush at one end of her clothes line when we were children, and the aroma is very evocative for me, as if it were the distilled essence of the south. And not just the scent is rich and wonderful, but also the soft, white, creamy petals. It's a very sensual and romantic flower, don't you think ? And how fortunate you were to have parents who took you with them on holidays. Where else did they take you? Please do have a drink for me at the Carousel. How I wish I could be there. This is the perfect time to be in New Orleans. The climate there becomes oppresively sultry later in the year.
2010-04-17 08:53:43
Hello Marybeth...I wanted to respond to your question about the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone but couldn't find that photo. But the answer is yes, the Carousel Bar is still there, and still probably about the way it was when you last visited it. I will be in New Orleans later this month, and although I haven't stayed at the Montelone in over twenty years, I'll be in that neigborhood, and will drop in and have a gin and tonic for you at the Carousel. Now I'll share a memory of my childhood with you. My father took us to Mexico fairly often, and a place he and my mother liked to go was called El Fortin, sometimes called El Fortin de las Flores. It was in the mountains way down south, and there were so many gardenias that they put them in the swimming pool whre they floated like a thick blanket of aromatic white flowers almost covereing the entire surface of the water. I recall it as very nearly paradise.